He was suppose to be the next franchise running-back. From his time at the University of Minnesota, until he was selected in the first-round of the 2006 draft, Laurence Maroney garnered a reputation as being a mix between Curtis Martin and Corey Dillon.
A mixture, in which, the New England Patriots thought they could rely on for years.
But now, Maroney and a 2011 sixth-round pick are on their way to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft.
After being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2006 draft, it’s now safe to say that Maroney was a bust in New England. Coming into training camp, New England knew that Maroney would have to fight to keep himself on the field.
Whether it was injuries, a lack of skill, or a lack of confidence, Maroney was surpassed by everyone in the New England backfield. Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris received the starting nods against Cincinnati and due to his insufficiencies on special teams, Maroney was placed behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the depth chart.
Inactive for the team’s season-opener last Sunday (due to a thigh injury), Maroney was likely to get more reps in practice this week in hopes of climbing his way back into Bill Belichick’s game-plan. However, Belichick and the Patriots had seen enough of Maroney and decided to part ways with the 25-year-old on Tuesday.
Now with Denver, Maroney will get a clean slate with Josh McDanies, with whom he played under for three season’s in New England.
But Maroney still tackles the same problems he did in New England, as the Broncos have a crowded backfield of Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Lance Bell, and Andre Brown. Yet, with a fresh start in Denver, maybe the former first-rounder will learn to stop dancing at the line and start hitting the holes harder.
Because his time at running-back is running short.